Happy October! The year may be flying by, but really, October is my favorite month. Fall arrives, Halloween, and my birthday, all in one month! But before I get too carried away with October, let’s look back and see what kind of goodies I consumed in September, which, for the record, wasn’t a bad month at all! So without further adieu, here is the Culture Consumption for September (spoiler alert: I read lots of books!).
Look at all the books I read! So what if one of them was an illustrated children’s book? I can’t say no to Jeffrey Brown’s Darth Vader series, because it’s freaking adorable. But the rest of the month was packed with favorites, and I enjoyed everything. Specifically, Jenny Lawson’s follow-up to the hysterically awesome Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir. Furiously Happy came along right when I needed it, and I have no shame in reading the book on an airplane and trying to stifle my giggles. I’m sure the girl who sat next to me thought I was crazy, and you know what? That’s a-okay with me!
34) Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown
35) A Rose-Red Chain by Seanan McGuire
36) The End of All Things by John Scalzi
37) Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
38) Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Something about traveling unleashes a desire to burn through some short fiction, so there’s a few titles under my belt this month. McGuire’s was a bittersweet coda to her Jonathan & Fran stories set in the InCryptid universe. Vaughn’s self-published novella was a fun field-trip into the Kitty Norville series (which, if I’d known that sooner, I would’ve read the novella a long time ago!. The star here is Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti, which was a fascinating story that invites a re-read, which I hope to do during the Hugo nomination period next year.
7) The Star of New Mexico by Seanan McGuire
8) Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
9) Paranormal Bromance by Carrie Vaughn
My comic book TBR is stupid big. It makes me want to stop reading comics and just collect the hardcovers of the series I really, really love. But then how would I discover new titles? At any rate, I got through a few favorite titles, and explored a new Star Wars one, because despite my promise not to read anything that takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. I couldn’t resist Phil Noto’s glorious cover art, nor the fact the main character shares my first name.
Jem and the Holograms #6
Ms. Marvel #18
Sex Criminals #11
Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1
The hubby and I finished up our Daniel Craig/Bond marathon in preparation for Spectre, and now we’re starting a Hunger Games one in preparation for the last movie. Also notable was the fact I saw Stand By Me for the first time. Creep was also a delightful little find. Horror movie buffs may see the twist coming a mile away, but I did enjoy some of the guessing games the movie provided as the story unfolded.
* = repeat viewing
Quantum of Solace*
Stand By Me
The Hunger Games*
September still had me in a Hannibal-induced hangover, but my husband introduced me to The Knick, which is a fascinating period piece about surgery in the early 1900s starring Clive Owen. I’m very excited for season two, despite the fact that watching those surgeries in 10 episodes grossed me out FAR more than three whole seasons of murder-tableaux in Hannibal. Also finally got around to watching the first series of Sherlock, which was good and enjoyable, but a wee bit pale in the wake of the Hannibal hangover.
* = repeat viewing
Seinfeld Season 7
The Knick Season 1
Sherlock Series 1
That’s it from me! Also, feel free to share whatever 2015 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!